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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Irish Groups Honoring Dave Burke at Memorial Ceremony on November 7 in Lawrence Massachusetts

Local Irish-American leaders are honoring the late David R. Burke (1940-2009) at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians will dedicate a plaque to Mr. Burke at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in the cemetery, which Burke was instrumental in building in 2006. 

Raymond L. Flynn, former US Ambassador to the Vatican and former Mayor of Boston, is the keynote speaker.  He is being joined by Irish officials and by leaders of the AOH and other Irish organizations in the New England region.

A national leader in Irish-American issues for over forty years, Burke dedicated much of his adult life to peace and justice issues in Northern Ireland.  He also advocated for the preservation and study of Irish-American history.  He helped organize the Irish Collection at the Lawrence Public Library, and received numerous awards for his work.  He was a member of the AOH, Division Eight in Lawrence, and founder of the Irish Foundation of Lawrence.

Following the ceremony, there is a reception for family and friends at the Claddagh Pub and Restaurant in Lawrence.

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